Toshiba is gearing up for a Q1 launch for its Portege G810 2.83in touchscreen HSDPA mobile phone handset.

Demonstrated to visitors to the Toshiba stand at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February, the Toshiba Portege G810 is a 14mm slim handset aimed at business users. It runs on the recently-announced Windows Mobile 6.1 mobile platform and comes with both 3.5G HSDPA and HSUPA (high-speed uplink packet access).

HSUPA offers improved upload speeds over HSDPA – something Toshiba believes business users will relish as they will be able to wirelessly transfer large files and, presumably, view and send attachments over push email.

In practice, the Toshiba Portege G810 sounds too much more of a fun phone to be ignored by video and photo-mad phone devotees. The G810 sports a 3Mp camera and has a microSD card slot to boost its storage capacity to 4GB.

It comes with built-in GPS navigation, while Bluetooth 2.0 and Wi-Fi supplement its 3.5G credentials.

While the fact it’s a Windows Mobile-based handset means it will be of interest to businesspeople, the photos we’ve seen of the sleek device, plus the shininess of its mirrored black exterior leads us to conclude that it could give the HTC Touch and HTC Touch Dual a run for their money.

Toshiba Portege G810

Toshiba Portege G810 - a 3.5G HSDPA and HSUPA handset that runs Windows Mobile 6.1

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